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March 27, 2008

Americus-  When the Americus tornado hit just over a year ago, some people had no warning. That's why the county encouraged people to be prepared by putting a weather radio in their homes.

The county is working to improve their siren warning system. March first, the siren never sounded. Since then, Georgia Southwestern State University added a warning siren. Emergency Management officials say that's not enough and encourage everyone to put a weather radio in their home.

"The night the power went out I know that a lot of people would have loved to have had one of these just to know what the weather was doing and what was going on so I think it's a worth while investment and I would encourage everyone to put forth what funds they have available," said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

Sheriff Pete Smith says, it will take the county awhile to get enough money to complete the siren system. He says everyone in Sumter County pays a little more attention to the weather after seeing the damage last March.  Weather radios are available at the new Harvey's in Americus.

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